Mushroom, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito with Avocado Salsa Verde

30 01 2018

I had some sweet potatoes and flour tortillas in my refrigerator and  a craving for Mexican food. This dish was the result. My friend said it was the best vegetarian burrito she has ever eaten and that I must put it on my website. Her wish is my command.

Serves 4


2 medium sweet potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil (I actually used EVOO Chipotle Olive oil)

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

salt and pepper, to taste

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced (shiitake and portobello)

8 oz. baby spinach

1/2 red onion, sliced

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

4 jarred roasted red peppers, sliced

2 cups shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese


2 ripe avocados

1 cup salsa verde

2 garlic cloves

1/2 to 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped

1 lime, juiced

1/2 cup cilantro leaves

water to thin as necessary

sea salt, to taste

6 flour tortillas


1 head romaine lettuce, shredded

1/2 red onion, minced

sour cream

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Mushroom Noodle Goulash Soup

9 10 2016

I have been on a soup kick ever since returning from Egypt. They have so many amazing soups over there, and I realized how satisfying and nutritious soups can be. Also, they can be made ahead and then eaten any time. Just leave a pot on the stove and your family can help themselves whenever they get hungry. This Goulash is part of a Hungarian tradition, full of robust flavors of paprika, dill and a kick of cayenne. I don’t throw the noodles in until I am ready to eat so they don’t get mushy.

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Wild Mushroom, Black Barley and Bean Soup

18 08 2016

I found some black barley in my pantry so I came up with this recipe. Black barley is delicious and chewy while the porcini mushrooms add a beautiful earthiness to the stock. Then I finished it with some winter vegetables like parsnip and kale. The final touch was a dill cream dollop that can added in upon serving. Serve with some cornbread and a salad for a complete meal.

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

13 07 2016

I recently took a trip to Europe and I found some amazing dried porcini mushrooms at an outdoor market in London as well as some truffle oil and truffle paste. So, upon returning home, I was inspired to create something with these treasures. The result was fantastic. It goes to show you, that the best creations begin with the best ingredients. I did use a store bought vegetable stock. You can make your own but use more stock and less added water.

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Vegetable Bebimbap

15 01 2014
This is my favorite dish from Korea. I love the flavor of all the vegetables and the spiciness of the condiments. You can substitute any vegetables you desire and adjust the spiciness to your taste. The key is to cook the rice perfectly with a little brown crust on the bottom. This is a one pot meal.
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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Potato, Parsnip, Horseradish Puree

4 01 2013
I made this dish last night and it was absolutely delicious. The key was the wonderful soaking liquid from the porcini mushrooms which added a great earthy flavor to the stock. Also the puree of potatoes and parsnip was lighter that just the normal mashed potatoes. Read the rest of this entry »

Cream of Mushroom Soup

27 09 2011
I was making a hearty Central European kugel dish and I wanted a nice earthy soup to go with it. Thus, I created this lovely Cream of Mushroom Soup. It is not difficult to make and will definitely satisfy your tummy on a chilly autumn day. Enjoy.

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Ratatouille Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Goat Cheese

3 08 2011
Ratatouille is a celebration of summer harvest. So, I cooked this dish to celebrate my friend’s birthday.  It was a huge hit. Often ratatouille is just presented as a stew, but this presentation gives a bit more elegance to the meal. You can make it ahead and even stuff the mushrooms. Then all you have to do is crumble goat cheese over, reheat and serve.

1 onion, chopped

5 garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)

1 1-pound eggplant, trimmed, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 small zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch dice

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch dice

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

Pinch of cayenne pepper

four 4-to-5 inch-diameter portobello mushrooms, stems removed

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

1 10-ounce package ready-to-use spinach leaves

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Lemon Thyme Risotto with Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Ragout

18 05 2011

3/4 oz. dried porcini mushrooms

8 oz. fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced

8 1/2 cups vegetable stock

2 cups boiling water

1 lb medium asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces on the diagonal

1/2 small onion, finely diced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cups Arborio rice, rinsed

1/2 cup dry white wine

2/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

sea salt, to taste

freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 tbsp fresh thyme,  minced

zest of 1 lemon

1 stick unsalted butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup frozen baby peas

1 tbsp minced chives

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Potato, Artichoke, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Gratin

28 01 2011
I was looking to make a hearty dish that I could make ahead of time and my family could reheat easily. I came up with this gratin filled with yummy portobellos, marinated artichoke hearts and lots of cheese. I was not around to eat it with them, but when I returned home, they had only left me a small amount because it was too good to pass up. I guess that is a positive sign. This is quite easy to put together and is delicious served with a green salad.

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